Create a floor plan

  1. In the Categories list, click the Maps and Floor Plans category.

  2. Click Floor Plan, and then click Create.

Create the exterior wall structure

Using room shapes

  1. From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag one of the room shapes onto the drawing page.

  2. Resize the room shape by dragging the control handles and selection handles on individual walls.

Using wall shapes

  • From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag Exterior wall shapes onto the drawing page.

  • Resize walls by dragging an endpoint.

  • Right-click wall shapes to set options.

  • Drag an endpoint of one wall to another wall.

The endpoints are highlighted when the walls are glued. Intersections between two walls are cleaned up automatically.

Create the interior wall structure

  • From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag wall shapes onto the drawing page, positioning them inside the exterior structure.

  • Resize walls by dragging an endpoint.

  • Right-click a wall to set options.

  • Drag an endpoint of one wall to another wall.

Add other structural elements

  • From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag structural shapes, such as columns, onto the drawing page.

  • From the Building Core stencil, drag building core shapes, such as stairs, onto the drawing page.

Add doors and windows

  • From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag door and window shapes on top of walls.

Doors and windows automatically rotate to align with the wall and glue to the wall. They also acquire the wall's thickness and move with walls when you reposition them.

Add electrical symbols and dimension lines

Electrical symbols

From the Electrical and Telecom stencil, drag wall switches, outlets, and other wall fixtures onto wall shapes. Release the mouse button when a bold square appears, indicating that the symbol is glued to the wall. Wall fixtures automatically rotate to align with the wall and glue to the wall.

Dimension lines

  1. Right-click a wall, and then click Add a Dimension.

  2. Reposition the dimension lines and dimension text by dragging a control handle.

After you add a dimension to a wall, you can resize the wall by selecting the dimension shape, typing the dimension you want, and then clicking away from the dimension shape.

Insert a CAD floor plan

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click CAD Drawing.

  2. In the Insert AutoCAD Drawing dialog box, select the CAD file you want and click Open.

  3. To accept the size and location of the CAD drawing, click OK.

After you have inserted the drawing, you can resize it, change its scale, or move it. You can also lock the layer that contains the CAD drawing so that you do not accidentally change it if you create a new plan on top.

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